Frantic you race down the street calling your pets name. No sign, so you get in the car and start mentally scrolling all the places you think they'd go. The park, a neighbor's, the local coffee shop you walk to sometimes in the morning.
What does a dog find interesting? Where do they go when alone? You troll, but eventually you're pasting signs up, calling the local pound and searching the internet for anyone who might have found your pet.
I know some in-door cats that sometimes escape too.
This has happened to me. We were lucky, we got the dog back because of a persistent young woman who thought our Siberian Husky was the most beautiful creature, saw he'd been well taken care of and probably lost.
Last weekend, I almost ran over two strays crossing the 118 freeway without a care. They were taken off the freeway and retrieved.
I've had Emma come racing around the open back gate because of a faulty latch and that scared the piss out of me. Luckily, Emma knows she's got it good here, gets walked everyday and understands the concept that we might leave, but we will always come back. She's also been the culprit of opening gates at other peoples houses and waiting in the front yard for us to come home.
One day I thought, we're in a new day and age. Being lost should be a thing of the past! So I looked for a GPStracking situation that would work for my dog and found TAGG, the dog GPS tracking collar. This is a fantastic idea! You not only get to track the pet, but get to see their daily activity (how many miles did Emma run today? She's got an exercise program). It warns you when they are approaching the boundaries you set. It can be worn everywhere--even water.
Now, the scenario would go like...You come home from a day's work or a quick errand and you're beautiful dog doesn't greet you at the door. You call their name but get no response. You search the house and find the back gate wide open and your beloved pet...is gone.
You open your laptop, or your go to the app on your mobile phone, switch the GPS collar ON and...find your dog 1.2 miles away in someone's yard. You get in your car, get your dog and scold/hug him the entire drive home.
If you have a dog that likes to wander, then the system cost of $100 and $8/month for tracking services after the free 3 months is worth having your pet come home.
Before you panic though, do consider that 85% of lost dogs are found. 74% of lost cats were recovered. I looked on ASPCA's website to find out if a GPS collar was really necessary.
It seems to me that if you don't want to have a heart-attack, you'll buy the piece of mind.
Have you ever lost a pet? Did you recover them? Does the GPS collar seem worth the price? I'd like to hear your stories!